• With around 70% of the Lao population relying on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods, climate change impacts, such as unpredictable rains and extended dry seasons, will have a significant impact on the lives of people across the country. This strategy is the first step in the country's climate change adaptation efforts.

  • An important tool that can help countries to make the most of climate finance is a National Climate Fund (NCF). An NCF is a country-driven mechanism that supports the collection, blending, coordination of, and accounting for climate finance at the national level.

  • The Government of Lao PDR acceded to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1996 and committed itself, as part of its obligations as party signatory, to developing a national biodiversity strategy. The Lao PDR’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) aims to protect biodiversity resources and to ensure their sustainable use.

  • Lao PDR lacks data, adaptation strategies, funds, human resources, experience, an appropriate approach and the mechanisms to develop immediate and long term solutions. The National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA) is the first step to reduce climate change-induced vulnerabilities in Lao PDR.

  • Local and indigenous communities across the world are advancing innovative sustainable development solutions that work for people and for nature. Few publications or case studies tell the full story of how such initiatives evolve, the breadth of their impacts, or how they change over time. Fewer still have undertaken to tell these stories with community practitioners themselves guiding the narrative.

  • Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-Pacific is a report developed by the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, investigating the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030: Universal access to modern energy; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

  • Lao PDR ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1995 and the Kyoto Protocol in 2003. As a party to the Convention, the country has actively participated in the Convention process and submitted the First National Communication (FNC) to the UNFCCC in 2000 as part of its commitments.The FNC summarized national circumstances, inventory, mitigation measures, and financial and technical constraints and support needs.

  • UNDP and Climate Change: Zero Carbon, Sustainable Development

    This infographic report provides a snapshot of the breadth and depth of UNDP’s climate change work in the hope that our experiences and expertise can be beneficial to countries as they deliver their climate change and development goals in 2016 and beyond.

  • This study offers a range of detailed recommendations for expanding and improving tea production in Xieng Khouang Province, most of which are applicable to other tea cultivation areas in Laos. The recommendations include steps for protection of wild tea stands, seed collection, cultivation, harvesting, processing, storage, packaging, logos, marketing, and coordinated local support. Improved quality by more careful post-harvest handling of the various types of tea is particularly emphasized as it would create timely benefits for farmers and add value to their wild tea products.

  • This illustrated farmer guide is prepared with the purpose to provide basic knowledge and techniques required for oyster mushroom cultivation and largely based on experiences from working with five farmer groups in Phonexay District of Luang Prabang Province.

  • The survey underscored that the upland rural population in Laos makes good use of a the large number of aquatic animal and plants species supporting their livelihood in terms of diverse nutrition, better health, as well as income from sales at local markets.

  • This analysis introduces the main actors in the value chain of the Matsutake mushroom or Het Wai in Lao language which are villagers, middlemen/traders and merchants/traders at the Provincial market. However, some farmers sell directly to local markets, at road side or at the central market in Phonesavan District, Xieng Khouang Province. It also recommends what Xieng Khouang Province should do to ensure sustainable harvest and conservation of the Matsutake mushroom.

  • The Lao PDR National Agro- Biodiversity Programme and Action Plan II (NABP II) identifies six generic farming (eco) systems in Lao PDR, each with its own unique agro-biodiversity characteristics. The NABP II will run for ten years (2015-25) and is broad-based, involving a number of ministries, departments and development partners. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is the main implementing agency and, along with other MAF departments, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute’s five Research Centers play important implementation role based on their technical mandates for agro-biodiversity. The NABP-II work plan is open for expansion and currently covering, committed and proposed agro-biodiversity research related to development and extension interventions containing 42 activities and 160 sub-activities.

  • The Strategy for 2020 consists of five sub-strategies supported by a number of technical programmes: (1) Protect the diverse and economically important ecosystems including the species and genetic diversity found therein (five programs); (2) Integrate comprehensive conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in accordance with the socio-economic development plan (two programs); (3) Record indigenous biodiversity knowledge and practices (one program); (4) Improve education and raise public awareness on the value of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity (three programs); and (5) Implement provincial biodiversity strategy and action plan 2012-2020 (three programs).

  • Circular Economy Strategies – Lao PDR

    The study was developed by the Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion under the Ministry of Energy and Mines, UNDP and Shifting Paradigms. A step-wise approach has been adopted which goes from priority setting based on national development ambitions and the metabolic profile of the country, to defining circular economy strategies.

  • Intended Nationally Determined Contribution

    ao PDR was the first ASEAN country to ratify the Paris Agreement by agreeing on an INDC, with the support of UNDP utilizing funds from GEF. Lao PDR has identified a number of actions which it intends to undertake in order reduce its future GHG emissions, subject to the provision of international support. Details of the mitigation actions, implementation plans and support needs are outlined in this report on Lao PDR’s INDC.

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